Tablescape Thursday: A Halloween Setting by Candlelight

Welcome to the 522nd Tablescape Thursday!

We had storms this afternoon and it got quite dark as I finished setting this table to share for today’s Tablescape Thursday. I decided to go with it–embrace the cloudy, moody afternoon and photograph this Halloween only table by candlelight. As it got even darker out, I turned on a few lamps.

Halloween Table Setting


Love dining by candlelight!

Halloween Tablescape


It may be a little early for a Halloween tablescape but I couldn’t resist playing with the pumpkin chargers I found recently.

Halloween Table with Pumpkin Tureens


You may remember the pumpkin chargers shared in a previous post.

Pumpkin Charger Plates for Autumn & Halloween Table Settings


They weren’t on sale when I purchased mine, but they’re currently on sale now here: Pumpkin Chargers.

The white pumpkin tureens are from Pier 1. They don’t currently have these same one, but they have similar ones on sale here: Pumpkin Tureens.

Halloween Tablescape, Pumpkin Chargers & Pumpkin Soup Tureens


Found these adorable David Carter Brown plates several years ago.

Pumpkin Hollow Plates, David Carter Brown, Halloween Plates


Looks like there are several sets available here: David Carter Brown, Halloween Plates.

Halloween China, Pumpkin Hollow, David Carter Brown


The octagon-shaped black plates were a find in A Classy Flea many years ago.

Halloween Plates, David Carter Brown-Pumpkin Hollow


Love this adorable pattern!

David Carter Brown, Pumpkin Hollow Plates


A Halloween table calls for whimsical fun flatware. It’s been a while since I used this fun pattern but it was perfect for today’s table. You’ll find it available here: Whimsical Flatware.

Whimsical Flatware for a Halloween Table Setting


Plaid napkins were a recent find this year in Marshall’s. I’ve covered them with a bit of black tulle purchased in a local fabric store many years ago. I purchased a large piece and cut it to the size needed to fit over most napkins. I love how it mutes the brighter colors in the plaid napkins just a little.

Pumpkin Napkin Rings for Halloween, 2018


The russet orange glassware is by Noritake. I don’t believe they still make it in this orange/russet color but you’ll find it in clear here: Breeze Glassware.

These have to be my favorite glasses for Halloween. Love the black arching kitty–so scary! 😉 These are from Overstock a few years back. I couldn’t find them available when I looked today.

The centerpiece in this table setting is a mercury glass pumpkin (from either Marshalls or HomeGoods) and two black candelabras found in A Classy Flea many years ago.

Halloween Cat Wine Glasses


Getting even darker now so I turned on a couple of lamps here on the porch.

Candlelight Halloween Table


Halloween Table, Candlelight on the Porch


I love how the wax ran down the sides of each candle…so perfectly creepy for a Halloween setting. 🙂

Halloween Table on the Porch, 2018


Halloween Candlelight Table on the Porch, 2018


I hope to set a few more fall/Halloween tables before I leave for Egypt. Halloween is such a fun time of year!

Halloween Tablescape


Looking forward to the beautiful tables linked for this week’s Tablescape Thursday!

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  1. Such cute Halloween plates Susan! I am crazy about the candelabras with the drippy candles, so perfect! It’s just scary enough for Halloween but elegant too!

  2. Love this table, Susan. And your candelabras. How ever did you get those candles to “drip on cue” for a Halloween table?! (LOL).
    Rosie @ The Magic Hutch

    • lol I had used those a long time ago in those same candelabras, so the drips are from where they were burned before. I saved them because I loved that drippy look, especially for Halloween tables. 🙂 I can’t remember what kind of candles they are now, I’ve had them so long. They may be Colonial Candle.

  3. Beautiful, Susan!
    I love everything about your table!
    I am sooo glad we can finally decorate with pumpkins! You know I love them so much, so… I adore those pumpkin soup terrines, those DCB plates, those pumpkin napkin rings, that big mercury glass pumpkin and those pumpkin chargers! They are plastic?! Really?! They look wooden! Even better! 🙂 (I told you I’m glad we can finally use pumpkins in our decorations, didn’t I?!) lol
    PS: Why doesn’t my candles’ wax never drip down the sides?! Is there a trick? Please, share! I love that “creepy” look, too! 🙂
    PPS: Do you need (booster) shots for Egypt?

    • A lot of candles are “dripless” these days. It’s kinda tricky to find the kind that do run. When I used these in another tablescape a long time ago, I didn’t realize they were the kind that dripped (at least I don’t think I did) but I loved how they looked! So I saved them to use again. You just have to be careful they don’t drip onto your tablecloth. I get wax on my table sometimes but it pops right off once it’s dry.
      No, fortunately, all my shots were good for 10 years and it’s only been around 3. I’m not sure you need that many shots for Egypt like I did Kenya. Thanks for asking though…you are so sweet to think of that, Cecilia! ♥♥♥

      • Thank you for your reply, Susan, but now I really wonder what it is that makes a candle drip… the addition or the absence of a certain ingredient? And if so, what ingredient? Hmmm… and speaking of ingredients… I should stop daydreaming of yummy pumpkin recipes while writing about pumpkins because… “pumpkin soup TERRINES”?!?! Seriously?! lol

  4. Not your ” grandmother’s pumpkin!!” Looks so festive…back to my pumpkin spice coffee..franki

  5. I think this is the best Halloween tablescape I’ve ever seen. Classy and inviting. I wasn’t sure about the pumpkin charges when you first showed them, but they are fabulous! Everything is just perfect. You make Thursdays joyful.

  6. Diane egbert says

    Where did you get the pumpkin napkin holders?

    • I’ve had those so long, I don’t remember now. I bet it was either Marshall’s of HomeGoods or Tuesday Morning. That’s normally where I find those type pieces.

  7. Like Franki, your table makes me want to go out and get a pumpkin spice latte! This tablescape is just perfection, Susan! I love every element you have included. Your wine glasses may be my favorite. I can’t wait to see your future Fall and Halloween tables. I have pinned many of yours in the past. They are always lovely.
    I know you are getting excited about your Egypt adventure coming up.

    • Thanks, Martha! I tried a sample lotion I saw in Williams Sonoma recently that was Pumpkin Spice…and it had me craving anything pumpkin spice! I am, starting to feel a bit overwhelmed in thinking how to prepare. That’s pretty typical of me before any trip.

  8. Snowflake281 says

    I love this tablescape because it’s not too juvenile as some Halloween table settings tend to be. And a big thank you to Mother Nature for the special effects!

  9. This is such a pretty and elegant Halloween table! I especially love the little white pumpkin soup tureens.

    It’s going to be 104 today in Phoenix, it’s hard for me to get into an autumn/Halloween mood right now–but this pretty table is a good start. Thanks for another lovely Tablescape Thursday, my favorite day of the week at BNOTP.

  10. Wherever did you get the fun and clever idea to use a tulle/organza overlay on your napkins? That just adds so much…I can picture doing that in a lighter color for a bridal shower or spring brunch, or a metallic for Christmas, depending on the linen colors.

    So when a guest uses the napkin, is the netting simply set aside? It is not attached to the napkin, or is it?

    Simple, tasteful ideas like this, that are easy and do not require much in the way of storage space, are so great, thanks!

    • Thanks, Jen! I had just seen and purchased organza napkin covers and the tulle reminded me of that. Actually, I think I called it organza in the post, I need to change that…it’s actually tulle that I used. What I love about tulle is it doesn’t even have to be hemmed…it won’t run like fabric will when cut. So it’s easy to cut and use like this.
      Normally, when I’ve had parties in the past, they will just place any an organza or napkin cover in their lap underneath their napkin. But you can also gather them up as guests remove them if you prefer…just to move them out of the way. They are really just decorative, although sometimes I do layer two napkins together, in which case either napkin could be used.

  11. I am not much of a Halloween person, but wish I were there for that party with such a festive table. As said in above comments: pretty, adult not juvenile, elegant, and yet still fun. Love the mercury pumpkin with leaves, the effect of the organza over the plaid, and of course the drippy candle–in candelabras even. Perfect timing with the moody lighting. I hope you got to have at least a drink at the table before restoring it.

  12. Love this setting…such a classy Halloween table! Thanks for all your great ideas!

  13. Everything is so lovely and elegant. You always have the tablescape just perfect. I love those Halloween dishes. They are adorable. Thank You for sharing.

  14. Donna Zoltanski says

    I love it. The evening was the perfect backdrop too. You sure do know how to put everything together with fun pieces too. Enjoy your trip…..

  15. I love the glasses! Are they Noritake Breeze in orange?

  16. What a cute Halloween table! It’s been awhile since I have linked up a table. I seemed to get more inspired to do them in the fall! Thanks for hosting and enjoy your weekend!

  17. Bobbi Duncan says

    This whimsical table setting is just adorable! I love that it’s not creepy or childish, yet any age can enjoy it. You always know just the right elements to put together, too, like the flatware, black tulle, and rust colored glasses that just adds that extra special touch. The dripped wax candles are perfect! I need to find some candles that will do that. Know you must be so excited about your latest upcoming travel adventure. Can’t wait to follow along. Hugs!

    • Thanks, Bobbi! I’m starting to get excited now since it’s getting closer. Seems the closer it gets, the faster time is flying by. Do you have any fall trip plans?

  18. Cyndi Raines says

    The plate with the kitty popping out of the pumpkin is too cute! and the doggie one too! The mercury pumpkin centerpiece is beautiful. Really like the black octagon plates, they bring it all together , especially with the pumpkin chargers. Candle light makes eveything extra special. Happy Fall! Enjoy your weekend!

    • Thanks so much, Cyndi! David Carter Brown designed the cutest dishware! I often wonder if he is still designing because most of the dishware of his that I come across on eBay is from way back.

  19. Cyndi Raines says

    P.s. I meant to tell you also how much I enjoy your fall header. The house is so representative of the houses here in the north, in the older neighborhoods. Have you noticed how many are like this in your travels to Ohio? LOVE the kitty by the pumpkin at the white picket fence and the rake leaning against the tree captures the whole essence of Fall. Well done!

    • Thanks, Cyndi! I love changing it throughout the year. It does very much remind me of some of the homes I’ve seen in Ohio. It also reminds me of some of the homes in the historic district around our square.
      Cyndi, have you had a chance to do much traveling through the south, particularly the small town squares/neighborhoods? Every small (and large) town or city here in the south in states like GA, AL, SC, NC, TN etc… have the most beautiful historic homes surrounding all their squares. The bigger the city, the further out the old homes/historic district normally extends from the squares.
      I LOVE traveling off the interstate, going through all the squares so that I can see the old homes. It takes a lot longer to get where you’re going so I don’t do it very often, but I used to take the backroads for at least 2-3 hours on a trip, just so I could drive around through all my favorite small towns/historic districts in route to where I was going. 🙂

  20. So fun! The cat-in-a-pumpkin plate is my favorite part, along with that unique flatware that reminds me of a cat’s curled tail. Hmm … have you ever done a cat-themed table setting?

    • Thanks, Emily! That’s a great description of it…love that! When I was writing the post, I almost described it as looking like the witches shoes in The Wizard of Oz…the one the house lands on. lol But then I decided that might be a bit too graphic for a tablescape post. Your curling cat tail sounds much nicer! 🙂

  21. I love the plates and the pumpkin chargers bring out the color in the plates. I also like the quirky flatware. I spotted the dripping wax on the candles and agree it adds to a “creepy” Halloween atmosphere for sure!

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